Bella Hadid And Other Fyre Festival Influencers Could Be Dragged Into Legal Proceedings
The saga continues.
As the world reels from the revelations of incompetence, fraud and dick-sucking found within Netflix’s Fyre Festival documentary, the legal saga continues — and now, the models and influencers who promoted the failed luxury festival are in the cross-hairs.
A number of subpoenas will likely be issued soon targeting several of the models involved, including Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber, Emily Ratajkowski and Kendall Jenner, Billboard reports. The subpoenas have been requested by Gregory Messer, the trustee of Fyre Festival’s bankruptcy claim.
The court is currently trying to trace the estimated US $26 million that Billy MacFarland raised from investors: under their subpoenas, the models will have to detail how much money they received for promoting the festival.
Jenner has been singled out in the subpoena request. The other models may be involved through a subpoena sent to DNA Model Management and IMG Models, agencies which respectively received US $299,000 and $1.2 million from MacFarland.
Jenner’s separate subpoena will centre on a US $250,000 payment she received in January 2017, relating to an Instagram post she did not originally flag as an advertisement.
More subpoenas requests have been issued against Soulja Boy and Waka Flocka Flame, who both promoted the Fyre Media booking app which the festival was created to promote. As MacFarland didn’t record his finances, the bankruptcy court is relying on subpoenas to piece things together.
Billy MacFarland is currently a few months into a six-year jail sentence for mail fraud. More than a dozen lawsuits continue against MacFarland and Fyre Festival co-founder Ja Rule.